Baby Holiday Gift Guide: Part 3 – Baby Feeding Gear

The holiday gift-giving season is upon us and we’re helping out all the new parents with our baby holiday gift guide.  Earlier this week we shared the latest high tech and on-the-go gear for your baby.  Today we’re talking all about food.

In infancy, feeding your baby is pretty simple as you nurture your little one through natural breast milk.  While breastfeeding doesn’t require any gear, in our modern parenting age, there are some nice-to-have breastfeeding items that you may want to put on your baby’s holiday wish list, especially if you or other caregivers will be providing bottles of breast milk.  And once your baby is 6 months of age, you can introduce solids and eventually cups and utensils that will help you nourish your baby into toddlerhood.

Here are some of the best items available to help feed your baby:

Kiinde Breast Milk KitBreast Milk Kit:  The ultimate way to help a breastfeeding mother is to make life simpler for her.  This Kiinde Breastfeeding Gift Set does just that with everything a new mom needs to store milk and eventually serve it to her baby.  Listen to all the innovative elements of this kit:  Reusable leak-proof storage twist pouches that fit right onto your pump, an organizer for your pouches to keep them in date-order, a breast milk and bottle warmer that warms your milk to just the right temperature and automatically shuts off, and an unprecedented pouch to bottle system that eliminates messy transferring back-and-forth.  This is a brilliant gift for babies of working moms who need to keep breastfeeding organized and efficient. yoomi warming bottle


Warming Bottle:
 You’ve heard of a bottle warmer but what about a warming bottle?  Several brands, including this one by yoomi, make a self-warming bottle.  This eliminates an extra gadget and allows you to give your baby a warm bottle of breast milk wherever you go.  Simply turn on the attached warmer for 60 seconds and wah-la, your baby’s bottle is warm and ready to enjoy.

 

Baby Cook Food MakerAll-in-One Food Maker:  If you plan to make your own baby food, an all-in-one food maker is a wonderful holiday present for your baby (and you).  These fool-proof devices steam, blend and warm your baby’s food in virtually one step.  Now you can easily nourish your baby with wholesome homemade food in less than 15 minutes.  Baby food makers are especially helpful at creating the perfect consistency for your baby’s stage in solids and for mixing multiple foods together when your baby is ready.  And get this: the components are dishwasher safe for super simple clean-up.  For an extra special gift, a double baby food maker does twice the work at one time. Flavor up your baby’s holiday with this awesome gadget.


Adjustable spoonAdjustable Spoon:
  You’ll soon realize when your baby is ready for solids, things get messy pretty fast.  Even with you feeding your baby, food seems to get everywhere.  Once your baby tries to feed herself, it just gets worse.  That’s where this adjustable spoon comes in very handy.  It remains at 90 degrees to help your baby successfully get food into her mouth rather than the 100 other places it could go.

 

silikids lids

Silicon Cup Lids:  Once you move from bottles to cups, your baby has a few new challenges in store.  Learning to suck from sippies or straws is a skill unto itself.  Luckily lots of cup options have non-spill features. For those that don’t – and even for you accident prone grownups – try silicon cup lids.  This set fits just about any cup in your house, making not spilling that much easier for everyone.  Protect your carpets, furniture and car with these clever and versatile lids.

 

puja hangable cupsHangable Cups:  Fostering independence is a major step for parents and kids alike.  One way to do this is to offer ways that children can help themselves.  This novelty hangable cup system gives children, starting from toddlerhood, the ability to self-serve their own
drinks.  Simply latch the cups to a cabinet or refrigerator door and allow your little ones to get their own beverages safely and efficiently.  While your baby may not need this right now, it certainly will help you when your older kids can be self-sufficient.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our baby holiday gift guide and gathered some great ideas for your baby’s holiday wish list.  We wish you a warm and bright holiday season with your growing family!  Happy Holidays!!

Baby Holiday Gift Guide: Part 2 – On-the-Go Gear

We’re back with our baby holiday gift guide.  Yesterday we decked you out with all you need in high tech devices.  Today we’re offering ways to keep things simple while you travel this holiday season and throughout 2016.  Check out our picks for the best on-the-go baby items for your baby holiday wish list:

traveling cribTraveling Crib:  If you are traveling this holiday season or at some point in 2016, one of your biggest concerns may be where your baby will sleep.  If relatives don’t have a crib or you’re not convinced of the safety of a hotel’s crib, you may want to bring your own.  While there are many portable cribs on the market, now several brands offer an easy to fold and carry traveling crib that is super safe for your baby.  No one wants to lug a ton of extra weight around when they travel.  Now you have options that won’t slow you down and will help everyone get a restful night’s sleep while on vacation.

portable high chairPortable High Chair:  Like the crib, you may need a sturdy place for your baby to sit and eat if she’s already working on solids.  This is where a traveling high chair may be useful.  Some simply snap around and underneath any chair, while others can latch directly to tables like this Regalo high chair.  Pretty nifty, eh?  Plus, the chair folds up into a sack so it is a cinch to carry.  Even when you’re staying in town, bringing your own high chair isn’t a bad idea to keep germs and grime to a minimum.


Blooming Baby Bath:
  Bathing your baby on the go is easier blooming baby baththan ever with the blooming baby bath.  And it’s pretty adorable too.  This little flower pod is super soft and fits right into a sink.  It can be hung to dry and folds up nice and neat for travel purposes.  It is also machine washable and comes in a variety of colors.  Don’t take any chances holding your slippery baby when you can pack this type of simple bath solution.

Bob Jogger StrollerSuper-Adjustable Jogger Strollers:  Whether you are doing some all-terrain traveling or just need to be mobile in your own city, a jogger stroller is a must.  These can get pretty pricey so it’s a great item to add to your baby’s holiday wish list.  What sets a jogger apart from other strollers is its supped up road-warrior wheels that can tackle a variety of turfs along with its sturdy build.  This BOB jogger stroller has a hand break that will help you keep your baby safe on hills and is also part of a travel system that allows you to snap your baby carrier car seat directly into the stroller.  Translation: never wake your baby to get her in and out of the stroller.

Wearable baby monitoWearable Baby Monitor:  This wearable baby monitor strap can stay in your baby’s travel kit to give you peace of mind on the road, or you can use it as a monitor alternative at home.  It comes attached to a baby bodysuit and gives you all the vital stats you need on your baby including temperature, sleep patterns and breathing.  Operating via Bluetooth, this innovative monitor syncs to your mobile device so you get real time data.  It is available in sizes up to 12 months.

maternity-sports-braDual-Adjustable Sports Nursing Bra:  When it comes to feeding your baby on-the-go, the name of the game is easy access.  Loving Moments has developed a unique sport nursing bra that keeps you moving smoothly while helping you nourish your little one, anywhere, anytime.  The one-handed nursing clasps allow you to drop down the front cups to breastfeed as with many traditional nursing bras.  But the cool thing about this bra is that the sides are adjustable to accommodate fluctuations in milk supply and breast size daily and throughout the course of your nursing journey.  The mesh racer back, inner sling and cotton/spandex blend will keep you comfortable and supported during exercise and beyond.

With all these great on-the-go baby items, you’re ready for any adventure this holiday season and beyond.  Enjoy your travels and stay tuned for the final part of our baby holiday gift guide series when we’re talking all about how to make your life easier as you nourish your baby.

Baby Holiday Gift Guide: Part 1 – High Tech Gear

A baby’s first holiday season is an exciting time for the entire family!  While she may not remember it, the memories you make sharing the holiday spirit will stay with you always.  When it comes to gift giving, a baby’s holiday wish list may be more about what parents need for babies than what babies need themselves.  Yes, a few toys or outfits here and there are great gifts, but the best baby gifts may be items that make parents’ lives easier to care for their little ones.  Today we’re beginning our 3-part baby holiday gift guide to help you navigate the latest and greatest innovative baby gear on the market to add to your baby’s wish list.

We’ll begin our baby holiday gift guide with high tech baby gear:

mamarooMamaroo or Rockaroo:  Busy parents know you can’t hold your baby all the time.  But they can feel like they are being held in one of these innovative new baby swing chairs by 4Moms.  Not only will your baby feel snug and cuddly in this comfort baby chair, it offers a variety of movements that are soothing to babies including car ride, rocking, bouncing and ocean waves.  The seat reclines to several positions and the fabric insert can be easily removed for machine washing.  The Mamaroo and Rockaroo feature peaceful sounds and music and the entire venue can be Bluetooth operated.  Detachable mobile toys will keep baby entertained while awake. With these inventive new swing chairs, babies and parents alike can sit back and enjoy the ride.

Hatch Smart Changing Pad:  We have “smart” everything else in our lives so why not get smart with your baby’s changing station too.  This novel take on a baby care staple allows you to track tons of hatch smart baby changing padinformation about your baby including wet and dirty diapers, feedings, weight and sleep.  For parents who aren’t
always home with their babies, the information can be sent to your mobile device in real time to let you know exactly what is happening in the nursery.  Above all, this new era of changing pad helps give parents piece of mind that their babies are growing properly by charting growth from weight gain and keeps a record of soiled diapers – the two best indicators that a baby is eating well.  As with other changing pads, the quilted fabric is soft for your baby’s delicate skin and can be easily removed for washing.  Pretty smart, right?

baby monitorHigh Tech Baby Monitor:  Baby monitors have been around for a long time but now they are savvier than ever.  With a range of options and features, some of the coolest monitors can sync with your mobile device so you can always see your baby in the nursery, even when you aren’t in the home.  The Izon monitor and several others operate from your in-home wifi and record to allow you to rewind and review moments from the past.  Also, many of them keep tabs on the temperature in your baby’s room and are motion and sound activated to alert you when your baby may need you.  Other neat features from the latest advances in baby monitors include night vision, two-way communication, music activation and a longer battery life.  If you’re going to have a baby monitor, it may as well meet all of your multi-functional needs.

4Moms infant tubThe Ultimate Infant Tub: Giving your baby a bath is one of the most nerve-wracking parts of new parenting.  Is the temperature right?  Did the baby urinate in the bath water?  Am I submerging the baby too much?  Take the fear out of bathing your little tot with this awesome infant tub, another cool invention by 4Moms.  From the upright comfort of your kitchen counter, this tub fits in your sink and constantly filters out old dirty bath water and replaces it with new clean water.  It digitally monitors water temperature with a color-coded display to ensure your baby never gets too hot or cold and has a cup-holder for rinsing baby easily.  And it retails for under $50.  This is a great gift for any new baby – or should we say, new parent.

baby thermometerBaby Thermometer:  The other fearful moment in a new parents’ life is when baby feels warm.  Determining if your baby has a fever and if the fever is severe enough to see a doctor or administer medication is serious.  The best infant thermometers give you several options for taking a fussy baby’s temperature including via a forehead swipe and the ear.  Some don’t need to touch your baby at all to accurately and quickly display your baby’s body temp.  There are even pacifier thermometers that gage your baby’s temperature while sucking.  Take the guess work out of fevers with a quality thermometer on your baby holiday wish list.

Now that we’ve covered the latest gadgets and gizmos to care for your baby, stay tuned for our next edition of our baby holiday gift guide when we’ll be sharing the best on-the-go baby items.